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  • What Helmets are you buying?

    I'm guessing a lot of people are going to be buying new show helmets this year, if you haven't already. What helmets are you seeing most in the Dressage world? What brands are you considering buying or have you bought?
    Thanks for you input!

  • #2
    I have a pink troxel for schooling Love it! I love the fun color too. I have a CO GR8 for showing. It's black/black (it has a stripe but it's the same color as the rest of the helmet) and looks very conservative and nice
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    • #3
      I have 2 helmets, the CO AYR8 (it gets HOT here), and the COGR8 that is black with the charcoal stripe. They fit my head well, and are pretty enough.
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      • #4
        Will be showing in my IRH (charcoal/black or black/charcoal), the vented model. Color is not important, my helmet fits me correctly.


        • #5
          My dressage show helmet is a Charles Owen Showjumper. I like the Hampton a lot too, but got a sweet deal on the Showjumper.


          • #6
            Tiperrary helmets fit me well for schooling (I wish Troxels did, because they can be so obnoxious in a very FUN way, and you bet I'd be sporting one of the most obnoxious ones!)

            I have some sort of IRH velvet helmet. It has the dial in the back, which I didn't really care about - but it fits my head *perfectly* and has hidden vents in it, which is key in the AZ heat!
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            • #7
              Well, for schooling, I have a CO GR8 and I have a CO AYR8 for shows. I really like them both, they fit well, and I have a round face so they are very flattering too. As far as what other people show in in my area, I see a few IRHs and GPAs, but a lot of just velvet.
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              • #8
                I really like my Troxel Reliant. It is so comfortable that I forget that I am wearing it.
                I have the Troxel Spirit for everyday. It is nice, but not as comfortable as the Reliant


                • #9
                  I'll probably wear my ugly but comfortable Tipperary at the shows now. I have a very pretty velvet covered helmet that is approved and I used it with green horses at the lower levels, but who cares anymore? If we're all going for function only, I'll just save my head some extra sweating in the summer and do the Tipperary. (It's also inexpensive to replace if damaged, but works as a brain bucket!)
                  "And I'm thinking you weren't burdened with an overabundance of schooling." - Capt Reynolds "Firefly"


                  • #10
                    I have a Tippery for Schooling in hot humid Florida and my CO Hampton for showing. Its one of the few that don't make my head look like it has its own gravitational field. I need a new CO though I fell in it once and hit my head. To replace it I'll just get another Hampton its SO comfy until it gets to hot.
                    --Luck is what happens when preparedness meets opportunity--


                    • #11
                      I have a Tipp for schooling/hacking and a velvet cover for it in case I get the urge to show. If I was serious about showing I would look for an attractive helmet that would stay cool. My head gets way to hot even with the long vents in the Tipperary.
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                      • #12
                        What's the difference?

                        I'd love to know what the difference is? If all these helmets are ASTM approved, and all have to be replaced after a fall, is there a safety difference between the $47 helmet and the $500 one. As in most things, there probably is ,but what?

                        Is there some kind of rating system or consumer test results ?


                        • #13
                          Originally posted by tartanfarm View Post
                          I'd love to know what the difference is? If all these helmets are ASTM approved, and all have to be replaced after a fall, is there a safety difference between the $47 helmet and the $500 one. As in most things, there probably is ,but what?

                          Is there some kind of rating system or consumer test results ?
                          No difference as far as safety rating. There aren't "grades" of ASTM/SEI ratings. The difference is in the materials used - real velvet, titanium, leather, etc.


                          • #14
                            Charles Owen fits my head the best. Right now I have the CO GR8 and the CO Hampton Classic (I think that's what it's called). My Hampton is my at home helmet and my GR8 is my "trailer" helmet. I'm trying to decide between the AY8 and the GR8 for my next helmet.

                            I will only wear CO helmets because they fit me so well. For my last bad accident, I was wearing a helmet that didn't fit quite right. I had it shimmed with maxi pads I was riding a green horse with a bad bolt and very bad bronc type habits, leaping in the air while bucking and refusing to quit until you ate dirt. Hmmm...great horse to ride with the maxi pad helmet! Yes, I was STUPID I ended up with a concussion, broken ribs, and a relapse of my neurological problems. 5 days in the hospital because I didn't want to use my "good" GR8 at home and ruin it! Yes, you can call me an idiot!


                            • #15
                              Helmet purchases

                              First - I have an XLG head (size 7 3/4) so sizing availability dictates what I purchase to a large extent. I purchased a Charles Owen Pro Skull helmet for X Country last year & a GR8 for stadium & dressage earlier this month.

                              The Charles Owens are a bit more expensive than some others, but fit me well & are as comfortable (for me) as anything I'm likely to find. After that, they seem well constructed so I feel that I am actually getting the head protection that I purchased them for.


                              • #16
                                Originally posted by tartanfarm View Post
                                I'd love to know what the difference is? If all these helmets are ASTM approved, and all have to be replaced after a fall, is there a safety difference between the $47 helmet and the $500 one. As in most things, there probably is ,but what?

                                Is there some kind of rating system or consumer test results ?
                                There used to be one in the UK (done by these folks: http://www.mdirf.co.uk/) and higher price didn't mean better safety. As I recall, one of the best rated was a lowly Troxel whereas the GPAs didn't fare very well. (This was several years ago, so they were testing older models.) All met the minimum standards, though.


                                • #17
                                  Hmmm, I'm seeing a pattern here Me - Tipperary for schooling, COGr8 for showing. Both are uber-comfortable, although Tippy is cooler - I'm in a hot climate too. If it is raining, I show in my shiny Tippy


                                  • #18
                                    I had a Charles Owen Gr8 but found it SO FREAKING HOT.
                                    So I went out and got a really nice IRH.
                                    In my opinion, a horse is the animal to have. 1300 pounds of raw muscle, power, grace, and sweat between your legs - it's something you just can't get from a pet hamster.


                                    • #19
                                      I've been showing in my Troxel Sierra (black) because it didn't make sense for me to get a separate helmet just for showing the green bean at training level... and nobody noticed until and unless I specifically asked them if it looked OK.
                                      If you are allergic to a thing, it is best not to put that thing in your mouth, particularly if the thing is cats. - Lemony Snicket


                                      • #20
                                        I ordered a CO Hampton and it arrived today. It's too big, even though it's the same size as my toppers. I know I should try them on before buying, but it's unlikely the local places would have my style and size.

                                        I don't even know how they are supposed to fit. It feels ok, but probably isn't secure enough if I were to fall. Are they supposed to almost cover the eyebrows?

                                        Gosh, if this is what a low profile helmet looks like, I'd hate to see the other models. These are gross! Actually, they look bigger to me than the old calientes I evented in.

                                        I was watching skiing competition yesterday, and wondering what kind of helmets they wore. Theirs didn't look as large as the riding helmets.